Arrival and Dismissal

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are so excited to start another year with our students and staff. We know there have been a lot of questions about how arrival and dismissal will work this year and hope this email gives you answers to your questions.

NEW Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Notes:

  • Arrival and Dismissal procedure have been changed to account for socially distancing students and staff at arrival and dismissal.
  • To begin the year we will have many extra staff on duty.
  • You can download or read further details here: CLICK HERE for ARRIVAL and DISMISSAL Information

Pick Up Patrol

We highly encourage all families to use Pick Up Patrol. This will allow the office to organize dismissal in the most efficient way possible. If you have not already done so, please complete the form below as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE to SIGN UP for PICKUP PATROL

More information on Pick Up Patrol

Arrival and Dismissal

ARRIVAL

Walkers

Students are permitted to walk to school daily. Please arrive no earlier than 8:30am. Students must be accompanied by a parent (or adult), please remember that masks will need to be worn and please physically distance yourself six feet. Once on property, staff will direct you accordingly.

Car Drop Off: Shared Lanes

As you arrive in the morning and turn into the driveway you will notice two things: (1) the new paving which makes a big difference, (2) there are two marked lanes coming into the school.

Be alert for pedestrians on the crossing.

Shared lanes: While there are two lanes in the driveway the lane on the right will eventually have buses entering and stopping in the lane. Staff will direct you around the parked bus. You may also need to merge into the left lane if no staff is on duty.

Further up the driveway the lanes split back into two lanes.

Car Drop Off: Two Lanes

At the top of the driveway the lanes split into two. Please use one lane or the other.

Car Drop Off: Reminders

  1. Drivers please pull all the way forward to a painted line.
  2. Remain in your vehicle until 8:30am until a staff member invites students to leave the vehicle and head into the building.
  3. Reminder that cellphone use in a crowded area is an extremely dangerous distraction.

Car Drop Off: Stay in Your Car

Please follow the lanes around the circle.

Reminder: Please stay in your car.

Car Drop Off: Pull Up to the Line

For the first couple of cars arriving at 8:30am please pull up to the painted line. Remain in the car until a staff member arrives to release students.

Arrival: Buses

Buses will line the driveway on the right. A staff member will be allowing students off the buses at 8:30am. Students will be directed to the building.

(Note: This is not a picture of DVS)

Arrival: Building Entry

  1. Please be patient at arrival (and dismissal) as we develop this system which has never been used before.
  2. As students approach the building they will be directed a few of ways:
    • Classrooms in the front of the school will have students come directly into the classroom. Teachers will be at doors with signs.
    • Grade 2 and 3 students will all go into their classroom via the outside doors, even if those classrooms are at the back of the building. Staff will be positioned to direct them.
    • Classrooms in the back of the building (Grades K, 1, 4, 5) will have students come into the front foyer. Staff will be positioned in the hallways to make sure they find their way to their classrooms.

DISMISSAL

Pick Up Patrol

We highly encourage all families to use Pick Up Patrol. This will allow the office to organize dismissal in the most efficient way possible. If you have not already done so, please complete the form below as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE to SIGN UP for PICKUP PATROL

More information on Pick Up Patrol

At Derry Village School we will continue using a system that will help parents make dismissal changes efficiently and conveniently for your child. It is called PickUp Patrol. .

PickUp Patrol is a cloud-based web application that automates the after-school dismissal process. It eliminates the need for parents to write notes or make phone calls to change their children’s after-school plans.

To make a dismissal change you will simply login, select a date, choose your child ’s name and a dismissal option, then click on submit and that’s it! You can make plan changes at your convenience, and submit them days, weeks, or even months in advance. And, for added security, you’ll receive a confirmation email each time a change is made.

If you would like to be included in PickUp Patrol we would ask that you complete an online form that was sent to families but can also be found on our webpage. Once the system is activated you will receive a “Welcome to Pickup Patrol” email with login instructions that will allow easier, safer dismissals!

If you would like to learn more or need any help accessing PickUp Patrol please contact the office and we will be happy to help you.

Walkers

Students will be dismissed from the main doors.

Extended Day

Will be dismissed to the cafeteria separately to maintain appropriate distance in the hallways.

Bus

Buses will be dismissed one at a time.

Car Pick Up

The same procedure as the morning will be followed. Cars will be checked in as they arrive and students will be called out in order of the cars. Please do not arrive at school prior to 2:40pm as this will cause a traffic build up. Again, when you pull into the horseshoe drive, stay in your vehicle. A staff member will deliver your child to you. Once directed, you will exit the horseshoe drive and the next set of cars will be allowed in.

When you approach DVS, if the driveway is full, we ask that you continue up Rt. 28 to The Fairways or West Running Brook Middle School and then turn around. This will allow you to safely pull to the side of the road and not block Rt. 28.

Special Note:

  1. Traffic congestion on Route 28 is a big possibility since everyone will be approaching the school at 8:30am. Turning left into the school (if the driveway is full) will cause a lengthy delay for those other cars traveling along Route 28.
  2. In order to avoid some traffic congestion on Route 28 in the morning and afternoon we ask that families approaching the school from the rotary and heading south to DVS either turn into the school driveway when safe or turn around at the top of the hill (at the Fairways or West Running Brook) and come down the hill and pull over to the right to join the line of cars. The shoulder is wide and can accommodate cars without blocking Route 28.
  3. Meanwhile in the school we will be moving efficiently to unload cars and have cars leave to make room for those waiting.
  4. Please be patient.

Information concerning NH State Road Laws:

RSA: 265:54 Overtaking and Passing School Bus

RSA: 265:60 II (a) Basic Rule and Maximum Limit, for School Zones Speed Limits

In the State of New Hampshire, school zones have a reduced speed limit when children are present and/or the warning signs are flashing. The speed in these zones is ten miles-per-hour under the posted speed limit.

The driver of a vehicle upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus, plainly marked with school bus signs or such other distinguishing identification which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children, shall stop his or her vehicle before reaching such school bus at least 25 feet away from such school bus. The driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until flashing red lights cease to operate.

Being On Time Matters

Posted 8/30/2019

It is important to get our children to school but it is also important to get kids to school on time and ready to learn. The two biggest culprits that get in the way of being on time include oversleeping and morning stress.

  1. Check and prepare backpacks every night.
  2. To ease the morning rush, make sure your child gets to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep. Younger children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Consider that when setting bedtimes.
  3. Create evening routines that help your child wind down from the busy day and ease the transition to sleep. Getting to bed early makes a big difference in the morning rush.
  4. Get a reliable alarm clock. Consider putting an alarm clock in your child's room to help him or her begin to take responsibility for getting up in the morning. If hitting the snooze button makes you oversleep, put the alarm out of arms reach so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
  5. Reduce morning stress by planning ahead. Make lunches before going to bed. Decide on and set out clothes at night.
  6. Some families even set the table for breakfast before going to bed to make things easier in the morning.
  7. If your child tends to dawdle or needs a long time to wake up, consider moving their wake up time up a bit so they don't have to hit the ground running. Some kids prefer to get to school with a few minutes to spare so they can settle in before the school day starts.
  8. Experiment with the changes you need to create a positive atmosphere in the morning so you can send your student off to school in a good mood, ready to learn.

Other Arrival Reminders

  1. Stay in your car. At morning car drop off parents are reminded that they must stay in their cars. This facilitates a smooth and efficient drop off procedure.
  2. Passenger side. At car drop off please have your child get out of the car on the passenger side of the car. It is very dangerous for children to get out on the driver’s side.
  3. Arrive in good time. Rushing to get your child to dash out of the car to reach the classroom before the school bell rings is the recipe for disaster in terms of child safety. Would you rather your child receive a tardy notice or risk an accident?
  4. Any student arriving after the tardy bell [8:35am] must be signed in to school at the office by the parent/guardian dropping off the student. However, at the beginning of the year as we practice this new arrival routine we will be relaxing the tardy bell time temporarily.
  5. No Idling Zone. Parents are reminded that the drop off bay at the front of the school is designated an “No Idling Zone”. The purpose of the No Idling Zone is to reduce pollution from idling buses and cars that negatively affect a child’s healthy lung growth and development. Children are more vulnerable to the impacts of vehicle pollution than other populations.